The NFL said the referee made a mistake: Troy Polamalu caught the ball.
The league acknowledged Monday that referee Pete Morelli erred when he overturned on replay Polamalu's interception of Peyton Manning's pass attempt late Sunday in the playoff game between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.
Mike Pereira, the league's vice president of officiating, said in a statement that Morelli should have let the call on the field stand.
"He maintained possession long enough to establish a catch," Pereira said. "Therefore, the replay review should have upheld the call on the field that it was a catch and fumble."
Pereira also noted that Jerry Porter's comments about the ref's cheating were "spot-on" and that it was "our bad."
The only question, where was Ed "Guns" Hochuli when the nation really needed him?
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